Angel Alvarez

Aikikai 6th Dan, Shidoin(Certified Instructor)

A.F.Alvarez initiated his practice of Aikido more than 30 years ago, in October 1965 at the age of 16, under the direction of Yoshimitsu Yamada, Shihan.

He started teaching on May 2, 1968, at the New York Aikikai, and taught there on a continuous basis from that time until December of 1995.

Whenever he has occasion to visit the New York Aikikai, he has the privilege to teach there again, upon the invitation of Yoshimitsu Yamada, Shihan.
And Mr. A.F. Alvarez, continues, to this day, to study with Yamada Sensei.
He was awarded his shodan rank in 1968! and he became the first Uchideshi at The New York Aikikai, in the same year.
He remained as Uchideshi for about 4 years following the teaching of Yamada Sensei.

Angel is well known for his mastery of the break-fall techniques (Ukemi). Indeed, he has made them his personal specialty (The Safe Way to Falling or The Art of Protecting the Body). His other great interest has been in developing the Technical Aspects of Aikido and their relation to Practical Applications.

He is currently the Chief Instructor at Barcelona Aikikai(Aikikai de Barcelona) BCN, Spain.

Full time Aikido Instructor in BCN Aikikai, he can be contacted at:

(34)666-695-286,  e-mail:

Over the unbroken 32 year period of his study of Aikido A. Alvarez, has had the privilege of having received instruction from the following Aikido Instructors or Shihans :
Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Waka Sensei M. Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Kisaburo Osawa(Senior), Morihiro Saito(Sr.), Arikawa Sensei, Kobayashi sensei, N. Tamura, M. Kanai, K. Chiba, S. Sugano, Shibata, Murashige and Takao Saito Sensei, who was also uchideshi at the NY Aikikai from 1968 to approximately 1971.

A.F. Alvarez, continues to maintain his high level standards for practicing techniques and teaching Ukemi, by actively participating with his students in continuous and intensive training sessions!

A. F. Alvarez, is the author of a soon-to-be-released book (Video) on Ukemi!

Angel Alvarez, is NOW Available to Travel for Aikido Seminars !!!

Aside from his Expertise of Ukemi, and Practical Applications of Aikido Techniques, Angel will  arrange for Hands-On Workshops, on such elusive

Topics as:
Randori Training , Multiple Attackers, armed and Unarmed.
Knife and Jo Disarming (Aikido Test Preparations), and Everyday, Practical applications of Aikido Techniques.
Longevity in Your Practice, through His Unique Brand of  Ukemi.
Increasing the Retaining Ratio (%) of Students in YOUR SCHOOL, Through GOOD UKEMI, METHODOLOGY, (ALVAREZ UKEMI TRAINING SYSTEMS)


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